David Fincher, creator of Mindhunter on Netflix, says a third season just wouldn’t make sense considering its expensive nature and relatively low viewership.
While Mindhunter is a very well respected Netflix show with great reviews and a passionate audience, the size of that audience simply wasn’t big enough for the show to continue according to David Fincher.
Fincher was very hands-on with the series and he has told Variety why it’s not continuing: “I don’t know if it makes sense to continue. It was an expensive show. It had a very passionate audience, but we never got the numbers that justified the cost.”
Apparently, season two was also a bit of a nightmare, with Fincher firing the original showrunner and throwing out the scripts that had been written. Fincher even moved to Pittsburgh to oversee production.
“It was exhausting,” said Peter Mavromates, a co-producer on Mindhunter, “Even when he wasn’t directing an episode, he was overseeing it.”
Fincher continued: “I certainly needed some time away. We had all hands on deck to finish [season two] and we didn’t have a ton of scripts and a ton of outlines and a bible standing by for season three. I’ll admit I was a little bit like ‘I don’t know that I’m ready to spend another two years in the crawl space.’”
There is some hope for fans of the show: “At some point I’d love to revisit it,” said Fincher. “The hope was to get all the way up to the late 90’s, early 2000’s, hopefully get all the way up to people knocking on the door at Dennis Rader’s house.”
While Fincher isn’t closing the door forever, it doesn’t sound like a project he is eager to get back to any time soon and if the numbers weren’t great, Netflix probably isn’t all that keen either.